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Impact of Social Capital on Land Arrangement Behavior of Migrant Workers in China

by Minglei Zhu a orcid Xiaowei Song b,* orcid  and  Wenxin Chen c orcid
School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Chongqing, China
College of Management, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China
ESSEC Business School, Paris, France
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JEA  2022, 4; 1(1), 4;
Received: 1 August 2022 / Accepted: 7 September 2022 / Published Online: 13 September 2022


In China, the land arrangement behavior of over 160 million rural-urban migrant workers is closely related to the optimal allocation of rural land resources and sustainable development of urban and rural areas. Although previous studies show that social capital affects migrant workers’ land arrangement behavior, few empirical studies reveal the relationship between them, and the corresponding interventions remain unclear. Using survey data collected in Henan Province, China, and a multinomial logit model, this study empirically analyzes the mechanism behind the impact of social capital on migrant workers’ land arrangement behavior from the perspective of social capital. Results illustrate that social capital has a significant impact on the land arrangement behavior of migrant workers. The behavior is significantly correlated with the scale of migrant workers’ urban social networks, the degree of urban social trust, and urban belonging. More social capital in urban areas indicates a higher tendency for migrant workers to abandon their land contracting rights and become permanent urban residents. This study reveals the mechanism of social capital affecting migrant workers’ land arrangement behavior and provides a reference for decision-making with respect to guiding migrant workers’ land management behavior for other countries facing similar social problems.

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Zhu, M.; Song, X.; Chen, W. Impact of Social Capital on Land Arrangement Behavior of Migrant Workers in China. Journal of Economic Analysis, 2022, 1, 4.
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Zhu M, Song X, Chen W. Impact of Social Capital on Land Arrangement Behavior of Migrant Workers in China. Journal of Economic Analysis; 2022, 1(1):4.
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Zhu, Minglei; Song, Xiaowei; Chen, Wenxin 2022. "Impact of Social Capital on Land Arrangement Behavior of Migrant Workers in China" Journal of Economic Analysis 1, no.1:4.
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